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1. Call to Order

Chairman McCray called the meeting to order at 2:07 p.m.

2. Roll Call


  • Cameron Beach
  • Wil Din
  • James McCray, Jr.
  • Peter Mezey
  • Tom Nolan
  • Leah Shahum– absent at Roll Call

Absent: Shirley Breyer Black – with notification

3. Announcement of prohibition of sound producing devices during the meeting.

Chairman McCray announced that the ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at the meeting. He advised that any person responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices might be removed from the meeting. He also advised that cell phones that are set on “vibrate” cause microphone interference and requested that they be placed in the “off” position.

4. Approval of Minutes

On motion to approve the minutes of the October 18, 2007 meeting: unanimously approved (Absent – Black, Shahum.)

5. Communications


6. Introduction of New or Unfinished Business by Board Members

Director Nolan requested additional information regarding cost allocation by peak day and hour and by revenue hour and mile.

Director Shahum arrived.

7. Executive Director’s Report (For discussion only)

  • Special Recognition Award
  • Update on the Paratransit Debit Card Project
  • Report on Central Subway public meetings
  • Report on TEP community meetings
  • Halloweeen Service
  • Ongoing Activities

Executive Director/CEO Ford presented Special Recognition Awards to Karen Liu, Senior Revenue Collections Receiver, MTA Finance Division; Chimmy Lee, Graphic Designer, External Affairs Division; Danny Thompson, Transit Manager, acting Superintendent at Muni’s Flynn Division; and Toon Mao, Stationery Engineer, Muni’s Cable Car Division.

Deputy Chief Antonio Parra reviewed the SFMTA’s activities on Halloween.

Exec. Director Ford stated that the SFMTA was pleased to announce the appointment of Don Gee to the position of Deputy Director of Bus Operations and Maintenance. Mr. Gee is responsible for all bus service delivery, street operations and fleet appearance.

Mr. Ford noted that the SFMTA had recently concluded TEP community workshops. Over 200 people attended those workshops. Information regarding the TEP was provided in multiple formats in an effort to provide detailed information about the system. The TEP will draw upon the input received as they draft recommendations.

Mr. Ford stated that on October 17th, an important milestone for the New Central Subway Project Pleased was reached with the completion of the draft EIS/EIR. The City is holding community meetings and various city commissions will hold public hearings to discuss the draft document.

Shahnam Farhangi, acting Deputy Director, Transportation Development, presented an update on the Paratransit Debit Card.


Bruce Oka stated that the Paratransit Debit Card contract has been a long time in coming. Congratulations to the project team for getting it done quickly. Hopefully we’ll be able to roll out a demonstration next year. The community has been waiting since 1998. While it took longer than promised, something is going now.

Barry Taranto expressed support for the program because of the fraud that currently exists. People need this program and they need to have inexpensive cab rides to get to where they want to go. The San Francisco Airport has asked taxicabs to use credit cards. Mr. Taranto expressed appreciation to Hansu Kim. Mr. Taranto added that the SFMTA needs to make sure that cab drivers know how to use the system. One possible problem is the issue of tips. There has been no discussion regarding how and if a tip is going to be built into the program.

Jim Gillespie, San Francisco Taxi Association, expressed appreciation for the paratransit debit card project. The taxi industry supports the project. It has been a positive, forward moving experience all the way through and the industry is looking forward to implementation of the project. It will benefit the taxicab and paratransit industries.

Director Shahum requested that the October 29th memo regarding information display pilot projects be agendized for discussion at the next meeting.

8. Citizen’s Advisory Council Report

Daniel Murphy, Chairman, CAC, presented the report. He requested that the CAC be included in the demonstration of the information display pilot projects. Communications with passengers is of particular interest to the CAC. Chairman Murphy reviewed the CAC recommendations.

9. Public Comment

Supervisor Bevan Dufty expressed appreciation for the SFMTA’s work on Halloween. San Francisco wanted to provide a safe civic event. Supervisor Dufty commended the SFMTA for their hard work. He stated that the achievements of this year provided a framework to reinvent the event in safe manner. Legislation has been introduced that will create an Office of Special Events.

Barry Taranto stated that he hasn’t seen the plans for traffic control and taxis for Oracle World. Announcements should be made on television and radio every day. Mr. Taranto expressed concern regarding implementation. People who implement the plans don’t care as much. The SFMTA should make one lane a “Right Turn Only” lane at Third and Market. Mr. Taranto stated that he hasn’t seen a citation report in months nor has he seen an update on staffing levels. White zone enforcement is bad around downtown hotels.

Bob Planthold stated that there is an epidemic of work-related charter buses from Google, Pay Pal and E-Bay that use SFMTA bus stops and prevent accessible buses from using the stops. This happens at 8th & Market, Gough & Sacramento, Union & Fillmore, 24th & Church and 24th & Guerrero. A compromise in Noe Valley which allows a Google bus to use taxi zone puts pedestrians at risk. The SFMTA should think seriously about how charter buses are affecting the safety of Muni service.



10. All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar, are considered to be routine by the Municipal Transportation Agency Board or Parking Authority Commission, and will be acted upon by a single vote. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the Board/Commission or the public so requests, in which event the matter shall be removed from the Consent Calendar and considered as a separate item.

(10.1) Requesting the Controller to allot funds and to draw warrants against such funds available or will be available in payment of the following claims against the MTA:

A. Evelyn Mancha & Ameriprise vs. CCSF, Unlitigated Claim #703238 filed on 6/19/07 for $5,634.82

B. Susan Fromm vs. CCSF, Unlitigated Claim #800350 filed on 8/13/07 for $7,500

C. Amalia Orozco de Carillo vs. CCSF, Unlitigated Claim #702218 filed on 2/26/07 for $16,500

D. Jean Soo Hoo vs. CCSF, Superior Ct. 445211, filed on 9/27/05 for $22,000

E. Debra Strout vs. CCSF, Superior Ct. #449689 filed on 2/22/06 for $97,500


(10.2) Approving the following traffic modifications:

A. RESCIND - NO PARKING ANYTIME and ESTABLISH - TOW-AWAY, NO PARKING ANYTIME - Bromley Place, north and south sides.

B. RESCIND - DIAGONAL (30-DEGREE ANGLE) PARKING and ESTABLISH PARALLEL PARKING- Geneva Avenue, both sides, between London and Paris Streets.

C. PARKING METER AREA NO. 3, 9 AM TO 6 PM, MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY, 1-HR TIME LIMIT - EXTENSION - Paris Street, west side, from 77 feet to 97 feet southerly and London Street, west side, from 40 feet to 60 feet northerly. (Explanatory documents include a staff report and resolution.) (Bond Yee)


(10.3) Approving the designation of seven street-artists selling spaces at Harvey Milk Plaza from November 15, 2007 through January 15, 2008. (Explanatory documents include a staff report and resolution.) (Roberta Boomer)


No public comment.

On motion to approve the Consent Calendar:

ADOPTED: AYES – Beach, Din, McCray, Mezey, Nolan and Shahum

ABSENT – Black


11. Authorizing the Executive Director/CEO to accept and expend $10 million of Federal Highway Administration Value Pricing Pilot Program funds; $10 million of Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program funds, $58 million in FTA Bus and Bus-Related Facilities Discretionary Grant Program and $19.5 million in Regional Measure 2 and other local funds; authorizing a variable pricing strategy including Special Event Pricing, Peak Demand Pricing and Market Based Pricing to achieve 85%-90% occupancy of off-street and on-street parking; and authorizing the use of $1.6 million in funds under the Value Pricing Pilot Program for pre-implementation purposes. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution, application, agreement and budget.) (Sonali Bose)

No public comment.


On motion to approve:

ADOPTED: AYES – Beach, Din, McCray, Mezey, Nolan and Shahum

ABSENT – Black

12. Accepting a gift of the construction of a traffic signal system at Third and Stevenson Streets; reimbursement of all costs to design, construct and maintain the system for its useful life from the 765 Market Street Center Association. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, and resolution.) (Bond Yee)


Barry Taranto stated there hasn’t been any analysis done that shows that the signal is needed. Third Street is a mess and adding a traffic signal won’t make it any better. There are other solutions. He added that moving this forward may create unintended consequences that may affect Muni. Mr. Taranto asked for further study on this item.

Irwin Lum, President, TWU Local 250-A, stated that TWU had had questions about the item at the last meeting. This is a heavily traveled corridor and traffic is a big concern for operators. Mr. Lum stated that TWU met with Bond Yee and requested that the lights be timed to allow buses to go through. TWU supports this action.

Norm Rolfe expressed concern that passengers will be delayed or inconvenienced by car drivers or people using the hotel. Transit should be given priority in this case. Mr. Rolfe stated that he would like to see more analysis.


On motion to approve:

ADOPTED: AYES – Beach, Din, McCray, Mezey, Nolan and Shahum

ABSENT – Black

13. Public hearing on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Draft FY 2008-2027 Short Range Transit Plan. (Explanatory documents include a staff report.) (Carter Rohan)

Darton Ito, Manager, Capital System Planning, presented the report.


Bob Planthold called attention to an ongoing project, the G-line to Golden Gate Park. The Muni Accessibility Advisory Committee and the Paratransit Coordinating Council have repeatedly commented on this. The ADA states that all stops on any new line must be accessible. This project will require construction of concrete wayside platforms at every stop which will require the removal of curbside parking and cutback of sidewalks at a horrendous additional expense. Unless these costs are acknowledged, the wording in the SRTP paints an inaccurate picture.

Chairman McCray closed public comment.

14. Informational Presentation regarding SFMTA-BART Interagency Agreements. (Explanatory documents include a staff report.) (Sonali Bose)

Sonali Bose, Chief Financial Officer, and Pam LAST NAME, Manager, BART Financial Planning, presented the report.


Bob Planthold stated that if you approve the agreements, people without a fast pass will be left adrift. Mr. Planthold stated that he has been advocating for disabled users since before his children were born. This is a generational issue that has lagged on. The Board of Supervisors has stopped agreements before because people with disabilities were being left out. Mr. Planthold stated that he would cause a delay with these agreements in order to get an agreement for people with disabilities.

Bruce Oka stated that it’s disconcerting that he could die before people with disabilities get the ability to use BART. He expressed hope that people with disabilities are included in the planning and negotiation of these agreements. He stated that nobody has listened to the community regarding this need since 1983. Mr. Oka asked when paratransit is going to be part of Translink and expressed the desire for one pass for use on all transit properties. He noted that the SFMTA sells BART tickets at SFMTA outlets but BART doesn’t sell Muni fare media at theirs.

15. Approving the Agreement between the Municipal Transportation Agency and the Parking Authority for the administration of Parking Authority Facilities by which the SFMTA shall perform administrative services and provide staff and resources to the Parking Authority and the Parking Authority Garages. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and agreement.) (Sonali Bose)

Director Shahum moved that the agreement be amended to delete “upon 180 days written notice” regarding the effective date and term on page 7 of the Parking Authority-SFMTA Agreement.

No public comment.

On the motion to amend the agreement to delete “upon 180 days written notice”:

ADOPTED: AYES – Beach, Din, McCray, Mezey, Nolan and Shahum

ABSENT – Black


On motion to approve the item as amended:

ADOPTED: AYES – Beach, Din, Mezey, Nolan and Shahum

NAYES – McCray

ABSENT – Black

16. Authorizing the Executive Director/CEO to accept and expend $181,280 of RM-2 funds to conduct a study analyzing potential bicycle and pedestrian improvements north of the Balboa Park BART station along Ocean Avenue. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution, project report and opinion of counsel.) (Sonali Bose)

Director Shahum recused herself from participating in the calendar item due to a conflict of interest.


On motion to approve:

ADOPTED: AYES – Beach, Din, McCray, Mezey, and Nolan

RECUSED - Shahum

ABSENT – Black

ADJOURN - The meeting was adjourned at 5:36 p.m.

A tape of the meeting is on file in the office of the Secretary to the Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors.

Roberta Boomer
Board Secretary

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